Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2016

Sew Mama Sew is once again hosting the annual giveaway day, and I am so excited to offer a small giveaway of my own this time around!  To make it even better, TWO winners will each receive two magazines and a digital pattern!


I have been fortunate to have my work included in several magazines this year including these issues of 100 Blocks and Generation Q.  These are both packed with inspiration for all sorts of quilt-y projects!

For added fun, I will also send the winner a PDF of my pattern for my Rainbow Rotary Mini Quilt in three sizes.

Rainbow Rotary in Three Sizes

Rainbow Rotary in Three Sizes

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post.  I would love to hear about a specific challenge you have encountered in quilting or a technique you want to conquer in 2017.  Please note if you are inside or outside the United States. (Please see #3 for details)
  2. The winners will be determined by a random drawing.
  3. There will be TWO lucky winners of this giveaway.  One winner will be drawn from all entries.  The second winner will be drawn from US entries only.  (I wish I could do an international drawing for both, but shipping costs can get out of control so easily)
  4. The drawing is open through Sunday, December 11 at 5pm PST (8pm EST)
  5. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, December 14, and prizes will be shipped by Friday December 16.  The winners will be notified by email and listed on the blog.  It is each winner’s responsibility to respond with their mailing address by 11:59pm on Thursday, December 15.  If I do not receive this information by this time, another winner will be drawn.
  6. Make sure you check out all of the other fabulous giveaways linked up at Sew Mama Sew!

Update:  Thank you so much for entering!  I normally do my best to respond to comments, but due to the volume of giveaway posts I won’t be able to respond individually.  Your answers will help me determine what to blog about in the coming year!  Thank you!

125 thoughts on “Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2016

  1. Brenda says:

    My main challenge for this year has been to try to become active again in sewing and quilting. I haven’t done much for many years, due to life circumstances and physical health problems. Now that I am on a disability retirement, I want to learn the limits of what I can and cannot do — and to push them where I can.

  2. Veronika Bush says:

    I’m in the US and I’d love tips on how often to square up blocks/rows during piecing/sashing. I just wanna know what’s normal and how little I can get away with 🙂

  3. Congratulations on having your block in quiltmaker’s 100 blocks vol. 14.
    I haven’t gotten that issue yet.
    In 2017 I would love to work on my free motion quilting. I am not very comfortable with it and I won’t show it to anyone
    Thanks so much for such a great opportunity to win such an amazing prize and I love the mini quilt pattern

  4. Cyrus says:

    I’d really love to try out paper-piecing in 2017- I’m a beginning quilter so that’s a big goal of mine! I’m in the US.

  5. Kristel says:

    What a great mini! That block is pretty awesome looking.

    Anyway, I think my standard answer is that I want to tackle more free motion quilting, but I actually did quite a lot of it in the past year and even though I’ve got a long way to go, it’s not quite such a dire thing that needs working on anymore. Probably applique… that one is always tough for me but I’d still love to get good at it.

    (I’m in Canada.)

  6. QuiltE says:

    Thank you for your participation in this giveaway! For 2017, I want to get more comfortable at FMQing … which means, I need to find MORE time, for that all important practice practice practice!

  7. Camille says:

    Love the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks editions! Kudos to you for having your work accepted in multiple magazines this year… and your mini quilt is awesome. I am a novice longarm user and would like to expand my longarm skills this year. I am inside the U.S.

  8. Muriel says:

    I am in the US. In the new year I am going to continue working on free motion quilting as well mastering once and for all curves and circles in a mini quilt perhaps.

    Thanks, and congrats on your published work!

  9. Cathy Calloway says:

    I want to really work on longarm quilting skills – I just bought a longarm machine at auction and am excited to get it set up soon and get to work!

  10. Kimmy Boggs says:

    I’m still a newbie quilter and I have a lot of trouble with binding. I really want to try different binding techniques and tools to help me out in the coming year.

  11. Beth T. says:

    Due to a chronic illness, I have energy limitations as well as some physical/pain limitations. And this means one of my challenges is recognizing and accepting my own limits–not setting goals that are too huge, not jumping into projects that are too big for the deadline, not being unrealistic (too many projects that can never, ever be done in time for Christmas…). Too late to learn that lesson in time for this holiday, but when I set my goals for 2017 I am going to try to be realistic *and* optimistic.

  12. I would love to try some form of paper piecing this coming year. I’ve found a few blocks that are sooo cute but am just a little intimidated. I think the love of the cuteness will overcome my fears. 🙂

  13. Tarnia says:

    I am hopefully attending a class on working in a series in 2017. Problem is, I have no idea what work I would do in a series. Something tells me I had better stop making other peoples patterns, and start designing my own work. That is my challenge for the year.

  14. Judi Duncan says:

    Accurate cutting is the challenge I am trying to master, and maybe paper piecing for next year….maybe. I am in the US.

  15. Melissa says:

    I would love to learn free motion quilting and I love your pattern for your giveaway! I hope to do some paper piecing this year, too!

  16. Anita says:

    Congratulations on making the gorgeous block and having it published!
    I would like to get more confident in curved piecing. I know I will just have to jump into it with both feet to make it work.
    I’m outside the US.

  17. Peggy Jebavy says:

    My biggest challenge this year has been completing a quilt for a commission that ended up needing to be much bigger than I thought. I had to take the binding off and add 15″ to each side. I am doing this by adding a strip of white with designs quilted in to go with the rest of the quilt. It’s adorable but taking me forever. Thank goodness my friend is being patient.

  18. Jayne says:

    I loved Rainbow rotary when I first saw it…Biggest challenge this year? Trying to move my sewing ‘station’ from the dining room to the spare bedroom! Not so easy and still have half of my ‘goodies’ in each place!

  19. KJ says:

    Congratulations on being published. Rainbow Rotary is a very pretty mini and I would be thrilled to win a pdf of the pattern. Thanks for the opportunity.
    I said it for 2016 and I will say it again for 2017 – I want to get over my fear of free motion quilting. I have read extensively, I did a little bit when learning my machine so I just need to dive in.
    I am in Canada.

  20. Kathe Gardner says:

    My goal for this new year (which was pretty much the same for last year) is to complete my Bargello quilt and try to finish other projects I’m working on which includes new techniques – ambitious? I think not – at least right now..

  21. Kathy says:

    I have a quilt I am doing for my new great granddaughter and then I would love to work on something “rainbow” for myself. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

  22. Peggy says:

    I really want to clean up some of my unquilted tops in 2017 and start putting together some of the projects that I have already cut. (I’m in Canada.)

  23. Kay says:

    I live in England. I would like to conquer my fear of foundation paper piecing, I worry so much about getting it wrong. Thank you for a great giveaway. x

  24. Anita Jackson says:

    I true challenge for me is accurate piecing, I am going to attempt to sew on my sturdy old Singer to determine if it is the newer “plastic” versions that give me so much trouble~ A goal for 2017 is to finish making my children a quilt each, of 6 I only have one completed.

  25. Janet T says:

    Love your Rainbow quilt!! My challenge for next year is to finish some of my quilt tops. This was also my challenge this year and too many things got in the way and I only finished one UFO, but did make and finish a couple quilts for gifts.

  26. Julia says:

    I find free-motion quilting quite challenging.
    I’m in Croatia.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  27. Pat says:

    I don’t know if it is a goal or not but I still can’t do freemotion quilting. I practice – just doesn’t look good to me.

  28. Shauna T says:

    My biggest challenge this year has been motivation. But I’ve done better in the last month, so hopefully it is back. And I’m in the US.

  29. LeeAnn Smith says:

    My most recent challenge involves learning to machine quilt. I’m quilting a queen-size quilt on my machine (not a long arm) and it is heavy to maneuver. It’s forcing me to get familiar with free motion quilting so that’s good. I also had white thread in my bobbin and wanted brown so I’m going to be picking out a LOT of stitches! Thankfully the quilting part (not the picking part) is going fairly quickly.

  30. Rochelle Summers says:

    I’m a US resident and have followed your blog for the past couple of years. I’ve just signed up for a ruler quilting class on the domestic machine on Craftsy. That will be my challenge in 2017. Of course it will also mean investing in some equipment. I do some machine quilting with a walking foot and free motion. I can only do up to lap size without my shoulders crying “foul” for weeks on end.

  31. karen s says:

    You have some beautiful quilts, Cassandra! My big challenge is to get myself started with so many quilts and patterns and fabrics calling to me 🙁

  32. Michele says:

    I’m from Canada! I have tried paper piecing but it’s tricky… so I’d like to learn that method of quilting. I think taking a course might be helpful.

  33. Marilyn Robinson says:

    In 2017, I vow to really get in there and practice my longarm quilting. My machine has sat idle far too long due to my lack of confidence!

  34. Kristine Clay says:

    I did my first ever quilt along and had a blast! Having a weekly deadline and chance at prizes kept me on target. It felt so good to get a quilt top finished even if it stressed me doing it at the same time as Christmas sewing.I’d love to try some of the 100 blocks I’ve seen posted everywhere!

  35. Lisa Marie says:

    Wow, that mini quilt is fabulous! The thing I would like to learn is quilting freehand feathers. I am in the US. Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Emma says:

    I have trouble with color coordination. And I have sadly limited stash, so I often have to go out shopping to find something good. Thankfully I have a large, supportive family to help me make decisions.

  37. Mary D says:

    I see such wonderful quilting designs in the online community and I know it takes work to get there. My goal for 2017 will be to work on that and of course finish more of my WIP’s.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  38. Laura Wilson says:

    I need to work on measuring more precisely and my seam allowance. I don’t sew very straight and I know that impacts my results, even if I’m the only one who notices.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m in Texas.

  39. tina says:

    I am actually trying to make my first real large sized quilt. That in itself is a challenge. It is the Sister Sampler. I hope to make another quilt that will have an overall repeating pattern to learn how to cut and piece instead of making one block at a time.

  40. Joy French says:

    The challenge I’m faced with today is a friends quilt I have loaded on my long arm, half quilted, and I’ve discovered an open seam. Aaargh! There is some hand stitching in my future today. I hope I can camouflage this flaw.

  41. wendy says:

    My biggest challenge this year has been my mental health which means that I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to sew. Not really something you could write a blog post about! I’d love to conquer curved piecing.
    I’m in England.

  42. Jordan Lyons says:

    I would really love to increase my hand sewing skills this year, I sew a lot but I get stuck with stressful sewing deadlines and I think more hand sewing would be relaxing 🙂

  43. Sandra Timmons says:

    I would love to be able to conquer the paper-piecing and the applique method for 2017. I love quilts that are made with these methods. I know it takes time but the end results are worth it. Thank you for being a part of SMS Giveaway and giving us all this opportunity to try and win those fabulous magazines and that gorgeous pattern of yours. Wishing you Happy Holidays. Yes I am from the U.S.

    Sandi Timmons

  44. June says:

    My challenge is to finish the projects on list and to be very careful about starting new ones! I want to finish at least one with a scalloped border.

  45. Nicola says:

    My main challenge is to get consistent in doing a little sewing every week. I think of a project as too big and insurmountable and put it off when actually doing a little every day would make it easy!

  46. Karen S says:

    I live in the US–my big challenge for myself this year is trying to create patterns/templates for what I see in my head and occasionally put down on paper. My little challenge is to improve my binding technique. thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  47. Marilyn H says:

    I hope to be more successful with free motion quilting. Really like your quilt pattern – it is so striking! I live in the USA.

  48. Kimberly Moyer says:

    My main challenge this year has been making “me-time” for me to actually sew. I have an 18 month old who became mobile at 7 months old (basically right a New Years 2016) so I feel like all my sewing time has become mom time! I’m been better about carving out time for myself the last couple of months though so hopefully I can continue that!

    I’m in the US! Love that mini quilt!

  49. Deb says:

    My challenge….I’m without a sewing space! i’m waiting for an empty bedroom to get renovated….I hope this coming year will see me sewing again. It’s been a long time since i enjoyed my hobby.

  50. Kathy E. says:

    This past year, I told myself I’d learn to paper-piece and I did! I made several projects and enjoyed each one! Next year, I’m moving onto hexies. I think I’m the last sewist to attempt one, right? I always love a good challenge. (I’m in the U.S.A.)

  51. MoniqueB says:

    My challenge this year will be to grab those smaller periods of time available to me to sew rather than feeling I must wait until I have a large chunk of time to devote. I have to constantly remind myself that 10-15 minutes here and there do ultimately make a difference! Thanks so much for the chance!

  52. MoniqueB says:

    My challenge this year will be to grab those smaller periods of time available to me to sew rather than feeling I must wait until I have a large chunk of time to devote. I have to constantly remind myself that 10-15 minutes here and there do ultimately make a difference! Thanks so much for the chance! I’m in N.H., USA

  53. Linda Cejnar says:

    I’m in the United States. I would like to know how to square a quilt before sending it to be quilted at the longarm quilter. Thank you for the opportunity to win! ljbisme at msn dot com

  54. usairdoll says:

    What a gorgeous pattern! I’d like to learn FMQ. Want to learn more than stitching in the ditch, hehe.

    Thanks for a chance to win. HappyHolidays!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com (in USA)

  55. Jean says:

    I want to make a quilt using raw silk. Also I have had fabric for ever for a log cabin quilt. Think I finally found the right pattern.

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